Write On is proud to partner with In-Na-Po (Indigenous Nations Poets) on their second annual retreat being held here in Door County. Sixteen Indigenous poetry fellows from twelve different tribal nations will gather with distinguished Indigenous faculty for a week of seminars, presentations, and conversations focused on eco-poetry.
In-Na-Po is a new organization dedicated to mentoring emerging Native writers, founded by former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe) and featuring former U. S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek) as an advisory board member. Among the distinguished faculty for the week-long retreat are: Heid E. Erdrich (Anishinaabe) recent winner of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry for her book Little Big Bully; Craig Santos Perez (Chamoru) whose many accolades include the American Book Award and the Pen Center USA/Poetry Society of America Literary Prize; and Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) whose awards include an American Book Award and a PEN Open Book Award. Visiting faculty includes Elise Paschen (Osage) who is the co-founder of Poetry in Motion and past winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize.
Two public readings will be presented s part of the week, Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28, both at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim.